I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended schools that were very diverse in culture (Hispanic, Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and African-American). I learned very quickly that no matter what your origin, people are all the same. We all expect to be noticed, respected, and loved. We all have families, lives, ambitions, challenges, and fears. I also learned at a young age that food, clothing, shelter, education, employment, and access to health-care are not always afforded everyone. Coming from a family that did not have very much, I learned to be thankful for what I do have, and, where much is given, much is expected.
Working for this organization has changed my life. I have an enlargement of gratitude, awareness, and love for anyone in need. I feel less need for things, or time spent dwelling on problems. I have a new realization of how much need there is in this world and how much ability I have to do something to help.